By Udo Ibuot
UYOâ€”THE Akwa Ibom State Government is to release N3.8billion mobilization to Messrs CCECC, the contractors handling the construction and dualisation of Akaâ€“Nung Udoe Road project, to enable the firmÂ commence work on site without.
State Commissioner for Information and Social Re-Orientation, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, who disclosed this, in Uyo, said the state Executive Council reviewed on-going road projects and directed that work should commence from both ends of the road to ensure that significant progress was made before the end of the year.
Umanah said that to address the ecological problems faced by the state, the Council directed the Ministry of Environment to conduct an urgent inventory of the sites to identify threatened sites with a view to drawing the attention of the Federal Government to them, as well as guide an intervention by the state government in areas requiring urgent action.
The commissioner also announced that a memo for the establishment of the Akwa Ibom State Emergency Management Agency was approved by the State Exco, noting that the memo was borne out of the compelling need to put in place an institutional and legal framework for emergency management that would enable the State relate with the National Emergency Management Authority for disaster and emergency management.
He said the bill would soon be forwarded to the House of Assembly for consideration and passage, adding that the State Executive Council also considered a memo from the Deputy Governor for the replacement of AKS Law Vol. 6, 2000 cap, 124 on the establishment of a State and Local Government Boundary Committee.
According to him, after due consideration and amendments, council approved the bill and directed the Attorney General to forward same to the State House of Assembly for consideration and passage.
He said that all commissioners and special advisers have been mandated to submit their detailed mid-year ministerial report to council for review, noting that the reports would contain budget implementation, challenges and urgent problems requiring government attention.
Umanah noted that the executive council also reviewed the recent visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the State, and concluded that it was a very successful event which afforded the President an opportunity to experience Akwa Ibom State, as well as inspect and commission some of the projects executed by the State Government.
The commissioner added that the Governor again thanked the State executive council members, security agencies, the clergy, royal fathers, construction companies, the media professionals and the entire people of the state for their support and contributions to making Mr. Presidentâ€™s visit a huge success.